AMTA-NV March 2017 Reno Conference

Join us for Networking, Education, and Empowerment!

You’re Invited!

The Nevada Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association is proud to host a Member Meeting and Education Conference in Reno, Nevada, on March 21 – please join us for networking, chapter and Association updates and earning 4 Continuing Education Hours with Amy Lewis teaching “Intro to CranioSacral Therapy” for Massage Therapists and their clients!

  • Hear from and meet our volunteer Chapter Meeting Coordinator, Paul Lofgreen;
  • Meet the new Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ Executive Director Sandy Anderson;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 4 hours of live, NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some coffee & lunch, meet a new or old colleague;
  • and more!

All Massage Therapists are welcome to attend!

AMTA Members benefit – 20% OFF your Registration Fees: check your member emails for Your Discount Code!


~~ Schedule ~~

March 21st, 2017

9:00am-9:30am chapter set-up

9:30am-10:00am attendee arrival/check-in & on-site Registration – COFFEE TIME! This is a free event

10:00am-11:30am Member Meeting

11:30am-12:30pm hosted Lunch – Qdoba-inspired free, with meeting Registration

12:30pm-4:30pm Intro to CranioSacral Therapy (Lewis, 4 CEHs) This is a for-cost event

Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!

Bring a Friend!

~~ Class ~~

Intro to CranioSacral Therapy (Lewis)

Participants will learn the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy, CST. The focus will be on learning basic CST anatomy, concepts and techniques to include how to palpate CranioSacral Rhythm, Stillpoint, that can be used to relieve headaches, reduce stress, manage pain and promote relaxation.

Materials: notpad & pen, massage table

Date/Times: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | 12:00p – 4:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Awake n network – Reno

Amy Lewis LMT, CSTT, BCTMB, BS

Amy Lewis, LMT, CST-­T, BCTMB, BS

has taken several CST classes through the Upledger institute. She is a CST­-T and is working on CST-­D. Amy also has a BS in Biology. She has been an AMTA Professional member since 1992. Amy has also been a NCBTMB certified Therapist since 1994 and a NCBTMB provider (#913) since 2015. [learn more about Amy]

 


~~ Notes ~~

Registration for classes no later than 3 days prior is required for receiving a completed Certificate of Completion on-site and a seat for lunch.

On-site Registration is available through your device.

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The amta nevada chapter will provide coffee before and lunch during the day.

Other things you can do at this event:

  • Network over Registration and Lunch time
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to the amta nevada chapter: the Board & its Members
This is an Event that all amta nevada chapter members will receive a personalized Eventbrite invitation to attend.  If you receive an invitation via email and want to bring a colleague (amta member or future-amta member) or you haven’t received your member invitation yet, email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll get you & them an invitation via email!

We look forward to your making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!


 

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AMTA-NV Chapter – 2016 Reno Conference

2016 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Member Meeting

You’re Invited!

2016 AMTA-NV Chapter Annual Convention bannerIt’s that time of year again – CONVENTION SEASON!  AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Season, that is…

We always look forward to meeting up with colleagues, hearing about what’s going on in Nevada and what new programs and benefits AMTA is offering, and getting in some quality, NCBTMB-/NSBMT-approved Continuing Education to bolster our practices.

Join us for the 2016 AMTA-Nevada Annual Convention & Member Meeting! You’re in for two days of fun, food & education in a comprehensive presentation of massage therapy information for Nevada massage therapists and networking opportunities!

  • Hear from our AMTA National President Nathan Nordstrom
  • Meet the new Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists’ Executive Director Sandy Anderson
  • meet and elect your new Board members;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 15-hours-worth of live, NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some breakfast & meet a new or old colleague;
  • win great prizes from our Sponsors;
  • visit with this year’s Vendors – on-site
  • and more!

All Massage Therapists are welcome to attend! REGISTER NOW

AMTA Members benefit – 20% OFF your Registration Fees: check your member emails for Your Discount Code!

Sleeping Rooms: Call Room Reservations at 1-877-887-2261 and ask for group code 1476NN or group AMTA-Nevada for special room rates.

Nevada Members will receive a Proposed 2017/2018 Chapter Budget for review, to be voted on during the Annual Meeting.

Members are encouraged to apply for all volunteer positions through the website – and if you have questions or want to find out more, email hidden; JavaScript is requiredthe chapter Board of Directors.

REGISTER NOW

Call for Volunteers:

Board Members: President, Secretary, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, 3rd Vice-President – see all Position Descriptions and Apply

Committees:  Member, Communications (Newsletter Editor, Webmaster), Standing Rules, Education (help plan next year’s state Convention!) – see with whom you’ll be working

2-Day Schedule:

June 5th

Tuscany Suites & Casino Convention Center7:00am-8:00am chapter set-up

8:00am-9:00am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

9:00am-12:00pm Annual Meeting (Agenda & proposed 2017/2018 Budget distributed prior)

1:00pm-5:00pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli) OR Secrets of Chair Massage for Events (Lofgreen)

6:30pm-9:30pm Body Exhibition & Massage Therapy (Otto)

 

June 6th

student in classroom7:30am-8:00am chapter set-up

8:00am-8:30am attendee arrival, Breakfast (Registration)

8:30am-12:30pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Lomeli) OR Basic Life Support (AHA certification) (Lofgreen)

1:30pm-5:30pm Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (cont.) (Lomeli)

Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!

Bring a Friend!

REGISTER NOW

Classes:

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics: Functional Baselines (Lomeli)

Function Forward Advanced Therapeutics provides advanced training in soft tissue corrective therapy.  Students will learn functional baselines of each covered area of the body: Pelvis, Cervical, Rotator and Hip.  Students will also learn an advanced neuromuscular approach to soft tissue conditions that cause pain and performance-inhibiting dysfunctional movements.

Students will learn which therapeutic tools are being used in the highest-level, professional sport training rooms today and how to apply them – Fascia Cupping, Scraping, and Pressure Bars assist in increasing functional movement and performance and in accelerating recovery from injury.  Curriculum includes an in-depth look into anatomy, kinesiology and pathologies. Professional athletes that have received this advanced therapeutic approach range from the NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA, MotoGP, World Superbike, Professional Triathlon, MLS and Premier League.

Dates/Times: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Monday, June 6th, 2016 | 8:30a – 12:30p, 1:30p – 5:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 12

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Students will need a table (linens not required).  The receiver is clothed – Dress for ease of movement. Pen/Pencil & Notepad are optional.

Richard Lomeli LMTRichard Lomeli, CMT LMT graduated from massage therapy school in Los Angeles, CA, in 2010, and is CAMTC-Certified. He promptly built upon his training in advanced soft tissue corrective modalities with an emphasis in Neuromuscular Therapy.  He created his private practice, Hyperformance, in 2011, working with elite athletes, ranging from CIF State Football Champions to Super Bowl Champions. This lead to his work with professional tri-athletes, hailing from the United States, Quebec, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2013, Richard became the first American to collaborate with then join the Italy-based medical staff responsible for the pilots and support crew of the MotoGP and World Superbike Championships. In the summer of 2014, Richard accepted the position of Soft Tissue Therapist for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club for the 2014/15 season.

REGISTER NOW

Secrets of Chair Massage for Events (Lofgreen)

This course is designed for those who have a need to improve their skills in providing effective Chair Massage. It covers advanced techniques which will allow the participant to gain the requisite knowledge to be successful in Marketing, Providing or Participating in Events benefiting from having Massage Therapists on-site to improve their results in providing this benefit.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 1:00p – 5:00p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 4

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Massage Chair, face rest covers, supplies for cleaning: paper towels, disinfectant. The receiver is clothed.

Basic Life Support (BLS) (Lofgreen)

With the knowledge and skills you learn in this American Heart Association (AHA) course, you can save a life. You will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and will practice CPR in a team setting, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills you learn in this course will enable you to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and know how to respond to them. Students also complete a written exam.

  • Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
  • Qualifies as the “CPR Certification” requirement for NCBTMB’s Board Certificationcredential
  • BLS Provider Card supplied on-site

Date/Time: Monday, June 6th, 2016 | 8:30a – 12:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 0

Location: Tuscany Suites & Casino, Convention Center

Materials: Optional handbook will be available (for a price), download version available here

Paul Lofgreen LMTPaul Lofgreen, LMT graduated from the Nevada School of Massage Therapy and soon thereafter founded the Mountain Top Wholeness Center, LLC in Henderson, NV. He is an NCBTMB-approved Provider of Continuing Education Hours, and licensed to practice massage therapy  in Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas & Henderson.

Paul has owned three tech companies in the Washington, DC, area and served in companies where he was responsible for international Marketing, Sales, and Human Resources. He is also an accomplished Aromatherapist and skilled in the latest techniques and is a Licensed Minister available for Weddings, Baptisms, etc.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and currently volunteers for the American Massage Therapy Association, Nevada Chapter. Paul is married to Debbie Lofgreen and has three daughters: Angelina, Julie, and Nena.

 

Body Exhibition & Massage Therapy – Self-guided (Otto)

This advanced myology class uses some of the most exciting classrooms for Massage Therapists – traveling anatomical displays like Bodies…the Exhibition in the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are engaging and allow for a much more intensive look at the human body, its muscular structure and function. The student will become reacquainted with the form, function, and features of the musculature, skeleton, organ, and circulatory systems (to name a few) of the male, female, and from zygote-to-adult human body. This is not your massage school textbook.

An exam based on the exhibition will be given within the 3-hour time period, within the last 1/2-hour of the class.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2016 | 6:30p – 9:30p

Continuing Education Hours Earned: 3

Location: Luxor Hotel & Casino, Bodies…the Exhibition

Materials: Notebook & Pencil (optional) – test-taking materials will be provided

David J Otto, LMTDavid J Otto, LMT BCTMB is a 2001 graduate of the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, with whom he has taught their ACCET-accredited Professional Development curriculum for 6 years. For 15 years, David operates his sole proprietorship massage therapy practice, Hands In Motion, in Las Vegas, NV. He has also volunteered for the NCBTMB as a Subject Matter Expert, volunteers with the Massage Therapy Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association and its Nevada Chapter.

 


Registration for classes no later than 3 days prior is required for:

  • admittance and participation
  • receiving a completed Certificate of Completion on-site

The amta nevada chapter will provide breakfast and refreshments throughout the days.

Other things you can do at this event:

  • Network over breakfast on both days
  • Invite a friend to introduce them to theamta nevada chapter: the Board & its Members

REGISTER NOW

amta heart in handsThis is an Event that all amta nevada chapter members will receive a personalized Eventbrite invitation to attend.  If you receive an invitation via email and want to bring a colleague (amtamember or future-amta member) or you haven’t received your member invitation yet, email hidden; JavaScript is required and we’ll get you & them an invitation via email!

We look forward to your making the most of your membership with the amta nevada chapter!

If you are a Graduate or Professional Member In Good Standing and would like to serve your fellow members and the massage therapy profession through chapter activities/offices, please visit this page: the offices of Vice-President and Secretary are open for you to do your Stuff. There are also many on-going Committee positions available and one-time/short-term volunteer opportunities: please see also this page to express your interest!

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2015 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Member Meeting

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You’re Invited!

It’s that time of year again – CONVENTION SEASON!  AMTA-NV Chapter Convention Season, that is…

We always look forward to meeting up with colleagues, hearing about what’s going on in Nevada and what new programs and benefits AMTA is offering, and getting in some quality, NCBTMB-/NSBMT-approved Continuing Education to bolster our practices.

Join us for the 2015 AMTA-Nevada Annual Convention & Member Meeting! You’re in for two days of fun, food & education in a comprehensive presentation of massage therapy information for Nevada massage therapists and networking opportunities!

  • main_lecture_room_sideHear from Mandalay Bay’s own Spa Director, Jane Cox, in “Change – How We Accomplish Movement”;
  • meet and elect your new Board members;
  • hear how AMTA is bolstering your practice with new opportunities and programs;
  • take up to 12-hours-worth of NCBTMB-approved courses for Continuing Education credit;
  • express your opinions and willingness to help empower Nevada massage therapists by being part of the chapter over the next year;
  • have some lunch & meet a new or old colleague;
  • win great prizes from our Sponsors;
  • get a photo taken on our Red Carpet;
  • and more!

REGISTER NOW!

Members will receive a Proposed 2016/2017 Chapter Budget for review, to be voted on during the Annual Meeting.  

Members are encouraged to apply for all volunteer positions through the website – and if you have questions or want to find out more, email hidden; JavaScript is required, Chair – Commission on Candidacy.

Call for Volunteers:

Board Members: Treasurer, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, 3rd Vice-President, Secretary – see all Position Descriptions and Apply

get your ‘selfie’ on the red carpet with the chapter’s Ambassador: Maximus!

Committees:  Member, Communications (Newsletter Editor, Webmaster), Standing Rules, Education (help plan next year’s state Convention!) – see with whom you’ll be working

2-Day Schedule:

May 26th

9:00am-11:00am chapter set-up

11:00am-11:30am attendee arrival

11:30am-12:30pm luncheon

12:30pm-3:30pm Annual Meeting

3:30pm-4:30pm BREAK

4:30pm-8:30pm Manual Ligament Therapy (Morton) OR Chinese-Thai Massage (Cain)

 

 Mandalay-Bay-Exterior-with-Delano-Night-large-file-sizeMay 27th

8:00am-8:30am chapter set-up

8:30am-9:00am attendee arrival

9:00am-1:00pm Active Isolated Stretching, part 1 of 2 (Morton)

1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch

2:00pm-6:00pm Active Isolated Stretching, part 2 of 2 (Morton)

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Please: Register Now – don’t miss this opportunity for education and being a part of your profession in Nevada!  Bring a Friend!

Play at the Bay!!

Shanghai Lilly, main lecture room (front)

Shanghai Lilly, main lecture room

Medical Marijuana and Massage Therapy…Are We Ready?

Unless you have been hiding in a mine shaft for the last year, you have probably heard that medical marijuana is a hot topic in Nevada.  In November 2014, Dispensary Applicants are expected to be issued their business licenses.

The AMTA-Nevada Government Relations Committee has been contacted by one of the organizations that have organized to educate and advocate the use of medical marijuana.  The Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association (http://www.lvmma.org/) has regular meetings where they discuss policy and educational talks.  At this point, you may be thinking to yourself “So what?”

Well, the “what” is this:  as a complementary and alternative wellness practitioner, you may very well be asked about the use of medical marijuana for pain and stress relief.  What do you say?  What is your personal opinion?  And, moreover: what is your professional opinion?

Apothecanna productsWhat would you say if a client asked you to use an “infused oil” on them?  Are you aware of what infused products are (their content, MSDS requirements, prescription viability)…?  Do you know the risks/benefits of using THC or marijuana for medical purposes…?  Is it in a massage therapist’s Scope of Practice to use it?

These are some of the questions the Government Relations committee has brought to your Chapter’s attention and is looking into answering from a more-informed position.

Here’s a little background information that I have found:

In short, marijuana has two primary substances in it: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).  THC has mind-altering and anti-nausea effects, while CBD is the pain-relieving, anti-seizure substance.  Traditionally, the different strains of marijuana plants have had different mixtures of these two components.

With selective breeding and hybrids, they now have strains of marijuana with only trace amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD.  Part of the “science” of medical marijuana is finding the right strain for the client and their symptoms, then finding the correct dosage.

Correct dosing is where infused products come into play:  the THC and CBD oils are taken out of the plants, much like an essential oil would be; the oil can then be put on or in a food, or it can be placed in massage oil for topical application.  The dosages of THC and CBD can be controlled better with infused products that are ingested or absorbed rather than by smoking (inhaling) it…at least that is how some think.

The infused products have received some bad press due to their potency.  The thing to remember is, like anything, people tend to become resistant to THC or CBD over time.  So: infused products came about for two reasons, first to make something strong enough to work on the worst cancer patients, and so a person can medicate without smoking pot at work.

There are some upcoming events in Nevada that may be helpful to get more information. The LVMMA’s Medical Marijuana Oktoberfest happens on October 16th and 3rd-annual Marijuana Business Conference & Expo on November 11th at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.  We have been told that there will be massage therapists from Colorado attending.

We think the questions that are arising will be ones that will need answering in the future.  It would be wise for you to do some self-education on this hot topic as well.  We want to hear from you on this topic – please email hidden; JavaScript is required and leave your comments below: answer any of the questions above, share links to online, reputable sources to substantiate data and/or your opinion.  You can help us form an opinion as a state chapter of the AMTA on this hot topic.  Ω

submitted by: Chuck Williams, Government Relations Committee Chair – read more about the chapter’s involvement in Regulation in Nevada

Take our Survey!

One Question: Right Here – we’ll publish the results of the online survey in a follow-up article. PLEASE: This survey is intended for licensed massage therapists only and is available through January 15, 2015:  CLOSED

Survey Results!

150115 CBD-THC survey results AMTA-NV post

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Marketing Strategies – Some Options & Some Considerations

Last time we talked about ways to market yourself and improve business.  This time, I want to spend a few lines discussing coupons, Groupons, and marketing strategies.
Everyone is looking for a bargain nowadays.  We all shop at Walmart, or Costco, or we clip coupons to save money.  Have you thought how those companies make so much money?  The answer is very simple:  It is called “volume.”
That’s it: volume.  If, during your week, you perform an average of 20 massages at $70 each, your gross income for that week, before expenses, is $1,400.  Obviously, if you want to make more money, you have to do one of two things: get more clients or charge more money.
First, more money.  You raise your price to $100. Your gross income for the week goes to $2,000.  But wait: we already established that people are looking for a bargain.  If, by raising your price, you are discouraging people from making repeat appointments and you lose some of your clients, your profit goes down.
So, now: we need to get more clients.  We have established that people are looking for a bargain so we offer a coupon or Groupon.  Let us say, for the sake of argument, that we offer 25% off our regular fee of $70.   Great: more clients.  At the lower price we need to see 27 people to make our $1,400 a week.  So let’s bump the number to 38 people to make the $2,000 at the lower price.
As you can see, numbers can be a little scary in our world.  In order to make more money we need more volume, but when you can only touch one body at a time, that volume takes a personal toll on you.  The greater the coupon value, the higher the toll.
I am not saying that we should all raise our prices and never give discounts.  What I am saying is that you need to carefully balance between the discount and the amount of people you can draw in with the coupon.  If your goal is to introduce new people to your service, a coupon is fine.  But, if the idea is that you will consistently accept coupons and give discounts for your services, you may be setting your price to a new low that you cannot go back to your regular pricing.  Typically coupons are a good thing in moderation, but as the old saying goes “too much of a good thing can be bad.”
Think about your overall income needs and set your prices accordingly.  Then you decide if you can afford to offer discounts or to accept Groupons, or other marketing tools.  As with any kind of contract, read the fine print.  Groupons sound great when you are the purchaser, but  not so great after you have signed the contract to accept these in your practice.
Be well and prosperous everyone.
Billie

Keeping A Sense Of Wonder

As I sit and ponder all things that bring wonder to life, it occurs to me that when tasks and duties are more controlled, our time is freed up to do the things in life that bring that sense of wonder.  I have met those people who always seem to have time to take a walk on the beach, spend time with family, or even just sit and be still, and, yet, they seem to juggle multiple duties and manage busy work schedules.  And yet so many of us are stressed to the max, with little or no time for those important things in life.

So it begs the question, “What am I doing wrong?”, or, even better: “Those people can’t compare to the level of stress in my life…”  Is this really true?  Is there a class of beautiful people who always seem to wake up with their hair in place and makeup perfect?  Do some people seem to have charmed lives?  All valid questions, and, yes, I am convinced that some people do seem to live charmed lives.  They have their act together and always seem to have a lucky charm or an angel providing all the right opportunities.  But I also believe that you, too, can make those opportunities and have the ability to lead a charmed life.  There is nothing stopping you (yes, You) from leading a charmed life.

These opportunities present themselves in a multitude of ways.  On a daily basis, Lady Luck smiles on each one of us in a myriad of different ways.  The only difference, or controlling factor, is what you choose to do with the opportunities that present themselves to you.  As an example: you know you need $300 dollars to renew your automobile registration in 3 months.  You generally get $10 dollars a day in tips that you use to purchase that tasty latte with your lunch.  Every day you spend 3 to 5 dollars on the latte even though you know you do not have the money for the registration; you console yourself with the fact that something will happen to provide you with the $300 in the nick of time.  Finally, the day comes and passes when your registration is due, now you are late and the cost spirals from 300 dollars to an additional fine for being late.  You console yourself for your bad luck by having another latte…

No, I am not just talking about YOU.  But, after spending much of my own life in this state of bliss, enjoying those lattes, I speak from the voice of experience.  I know full well what my obligations are going to be for the foreseeable future but still I sip my beverage.  So, herewith and following are some things I have learned from a lifetime of experience and missteps.

A young monk approached his master.  He observed the master holding some money in his hands.  The master was smoothing each bill and stacking the bills in a way that implied a reverence for money.  The young monk asked “Master, you have taught me that money is not something we should worship, but you seem to be treating this money as though it is special.” The monk replied “No, young student – I am not worshiping this money.  I freely send it out into the world where it can do the most good.  I was just telling this money to fly into the world and do the most good for all peoples, and then I asked it to come back soon.”

Sometimes the work you do marketing your business or promoting yourself seems to be a waste of time.  When you invest your energy into your goals, that energy does come back to you in multiple ways.  Yes, I know none of us are any good at marketing, but I am here to tell you that unless you do something to make yourself stand out, other people will and they will be the ones collecting your dollars.

Marketing is simply a matter of being cordial to people.  You already have a circle of friends and family that you are comfortable with.  I suggest that you start your marketing with these people and slowly expand the circle to include acquaintances and distant relatives and finally take the plunge and strike up a conversation with someone you do not know or someone that you think is above you.  You will be surprised at how approachable people can be when you open up to them.  Try it….

Billie Shea, Chapter President

Southern Nevada Health District proposes new, additional regulation for Massage Therapy

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) notified the public of their intent to ratify regulation of Massage Establishments, Reflexology Establishments, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, and Colon Hydrotherapists on January 10, 2012, in Southern Nevada, comprised of the county of Clark.

The AMTA Nevada Chapter has reviewed the proposed legislation and can summarize the effects of the proposed regulation on its professional members [within the jurisdiction of SNHD] – following are some main points of the regulation:

  • Affects Reflexologists, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, Colon Hydrotherapists, and Massage Establishments.
  • In addition to all Massage Establishments, requires outcall “licensed massage therapists” and “licensed reflexologists” to hold a “massage establishment Health Permit”
  • Attempts to regulate Massage Therapists [and Massage Establishments] in the same manner as is currently legislated through NRS.640c and NSBMT NACs (staff on-site & equipment/safety/cleanliness requirements, fees & fines, and some professional standards)
  • States that each day after the first 90 that the regulations are in effect and an outcall massage therapist or massage establishment is not SNHD-permitted is a separate violation.
  • Cites “fees” for initial assessment, renewal (every XX year), and fines associated with violations and that non-compliance will predicate a cease-and-desist and/or revocation/re-application for massage/reflexology establishment health permit.
  • Requires “20 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room, 300% more light than in the NSBMT NACs of “5 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room.
  • Section 8.1.2 makes the “Responsible Person in charge” of a Massage or Reflexology Establishment responsible for undefined “other requirements” in addition to other regulatory body’s requirements for professional and legal practice of massage & reflexology.  Unresolved violations of keeping all permits, licenses, or credentials for everyone at the Establishment gives the SNHD the authority to shut down the Establishment until violations are resolved with each/every “affected agency of jurisdiction”.
  • New Build-outs/Construction of Establishments will have another jurisdiction (the SNHD) to apply through, propagating more [undetermined] fees and additional time frames in which initial assessments and inspections are subject to.
  • Does not outline a Schedule of Fees and does describe innumerable instances/conditions in which fees will be applied.

The AMTA-NV Chapter supports the current state licensure regulation of massage therapists in Nevada through the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists authorized and empowered by our State Legislature and Governor-appointed state massage board members affecting professionals throughout the state of Nevada AND local business license departments that regulate the taxation and safe practice of massage therapy through its application processes.  It is understood that the nature of the proposed regulation by the additional entity of the SNHD is redundant, provincial, and a duplicate credential that will be required for massage professionals to practice. 

Additionally, any verbiage in the proposed SNHD regulation regarding “Massage Therapy” may be removed to regulate Reflexology and Colon Hydrotherapy, so only one regulatory agency will have the authority to manage a profession/business category regarding massage therapy and the promotion of public health and safety.

For Concerned Individuals:

The AMTA Nevada Chapter strongly encourages its members, massage professionals, and the general public to evaluate the proposed impact of the additional regulation on the profession, practice, or patronage of massage therapy and RESPOND in an appropriate manner and timely fashion to the SNHD.

Responding to this proposed regulation is TIME-SENSITIVE – the last day that written opinions will be accepted for the record is February 2nd, 2012.

Contact information and a sample opinion letter are below.

The Workshops, at which public opinion will be HEARD, are in Las Vegas (Jan 30 & 31), Laughlin (Feb 1), and Mesquite (Feb 2):  Appear and be ready to speak your opinion according to the Workshop Agenda (below).

Resources for proposed SNHD regulation:

  1. PDF – public workshop announcement: http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AGENDA-Massage-Therapy-Workshops-01-30-2012.pdf
  2. PDF – public notice of proposed regulation:  http://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public-Notice-Workshop-Massage-Regs-BOH-meeting-02-23-2012.pdf
  3. Link to online version of proposed regulatory rules:  http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/download/eh/Massage-draft-regs-1-13-12.pdf
  4. Sample Letter of Opposition: (download)
  5. Opinion Letter of the AMTA/Nevada Chapter (download)

Southern Nevada Health District contact:

Glenn D Savage, REHS, Environmental Health Director, PO Box 3902, Las Vegas NV 89127

 

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AMTA National Officer Elections – Your Vote Counts!

Be among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that the organization, remains on top and continues to be well represented.

Get to know the candidates by linking up with them on facebook, linked-in or twitter. Ask them questions or read what someone else asked. Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.  If the candidate established any social media sites, you can access the information at the bottom of each candidate’s bio information page found on the AMTA official election website

Your voice counts in this organization. Make a decision to support one of our core values, ‘to be a membership driven organization’ and vote. That is what ‘member driven’ means. Join in, become a more informed voter and cast your vote by December 1.

2011 Election Timeline

November 1-5: A link to the online ballot will be sent via electronic mail to all voting members.

December 1: Completed ballots are due.

January 1: Results will be announced no later than January 1 on the AMTA website.

March 1: New officers assume office.

 

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2011 AMTA-NV Annual Convention & Education Event – report

WP_000085July 27, 2011 – The AMTA Nevada Chapter held its annual 2011 State Convention for its members and the profession at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, to promote professional Education & Community for the massage therapy industry.
Attending the 3-day Event were Nevada Chapter members, Massage Therapy Professionals, and Massage Therapy Students alike, taking advantage of the presentations and continuing education opportunities the Chapter facilitated with some networking events like lunch, networking, Student Day, and professional development in the area of Chapter member activities planned in the future through its Annual General Chapter Member Meeting.
WP_000075Classes offered include “Abdominal/Visceral Massage,” “How to Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-based Massage Techniques,” & “Tension Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol” by Boris Prilutsky; “Creating Peace With Your Hands – The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury Prevention” by Karina Braun of Get In Touch; and, “Bodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour” by Nathan Nordstrom of Educated Touch.
Student Day garnered the presentations of Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT), Sally Hacking, Government Relations Consultant to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), and Pete Blandford, Member Committee Chair and Student Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada Chapter. Essential information for how to be professionally regarded in the industry in Nevada was shared and news and information was shared with the students attending.
WP_000079The Nevada Chapter Annual General Meeting began with an administrative proposal – formation of a new Direction for Chapter operations where member activity is important: a Volunteer Co-operative initiative was introduced where members could participate in a free education with performance of practice-building and education-utilizing volunteer work in a clinical or medical environment. Development of this process was agreed upon and members were encouraged to participate in the further development of the idea in future planning/Chapter meetings. The 2012-2013 Budget was approved and officers were elected: Michelle Viesselman as 2nd Vice-President, & Brad Enerson was re-elected as Chapter Treasurer. Speakers Lisa Cooper (NSBMT) and Sally Hacking (FSMTB) also updated members on activities in each of their representative organizations.WP_000072
Raffles were won by some VERY fortunate Winners: amongst the prizes were a massage table/bolster/sheet set, stool, Biofreeze Retail Starter kits, t-shirts, a 2012 World Massage Festival full Registration, a $250 Lomi Lomi class gift certificate & online Ethics courses, registration for a CEH-earning Bodies…the Exhibition guided tour, books, DVDs, and more!
Sponsors donating time, product samples, and prizes for the raffle benefiting the member-supported activities of the Nevada Chapter include: Biofreeze/Performance Health, Bon Vital, Massage Warehouse, Gensco Laboratories, Boris Prilutsky, Educated Touch, Get In Touch, Massage Pro CE, and the World Massage Festival.WP_000053
The amta nevada chapter wishes to thank ALL the participants in this year’s State Convention: Attendees, Instructors, Presenters, Sponsors, Hosts, and the Volunteers of the amta nevada chapter!